Area 78

Alberta / Northwest Territories

Remote Communities

The Mission of the Remote Communities Committee is to:

  • Carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the still suffering alcoholic, with a focus to those living or working in areas that are isolated in terms of geography, language or culture.
  • Support the efforts for districts with groups or members who consider themselves remote.
  • Provide accessibility to meetings for all members who cannot attend regular meetings, need more meetings or live or work in a remote area through the Spirit of the North online zoom meeting.
  • Ensure the needs of members living in remote communities are heard.



The Remote Communities Committee is focused on carrying the AA message to all in Area 78, no matter the location, language or culture.  It does this by:

  • Developing and maintaining ways of carrying the message to a remote community. The definition of remote community has been established as any community that is isolated due to geography, language, or culture.  
  • Creating an awareness among the Area 78 fellowship of the needs of alcoholics in remote communities and helps to address these by providing literature to libraries, counsellors and elders in remote communities. 
  • Where possible the committee cooperates with all other local community efforts. 
  • Encourages teleconference meetings, and sends literature to remote groups. Where local meetings don’t exist, we suggest alternatives. 


The Remote Communities Committee is responsible for the following tasks:

  1.  Develop and maintain ways of carrying the message to a remote community.
  2.  Foster discussion with remote community DCM's, GSR's, and long-time AA members on the needs in their remote areas and how we might help.
  3.  Manage and maintain all aspects of the Spirit of the North online zoom meetings.

Remote Communities Committee

Reaches out where barriers such as language, culture, geography, and isolation prevent the message of AA from being carried to fellow alcoholics.

The Remote Communities Committee is dedicated to being inclusive and promoting accessibility to area services for all members.

Committee Composition

The committee consists of the Chair, and current DCMs and GSRs who are assigned to the committee by the Area 78 Registrar for their two-year term of service. Others selected for the committee may include past Area 78 officers or long-time members recommended for their knowledge in Remote Communities service work. Area 78 visitors may participate on this committee, but they do not have a vote.


  • Ensure that the Committee functions cohesively, supporting the needs for Area members considered to be in a remote capacity.
  • Attend and facilitate full participation during Area or committee meetings.
  • Make certain that all relevant matters are discussed.
  • Insure that all committee decisions are recorded in the Area Minutes.
  • Report directly to the Area Assembly on pertinent committee decisions.
  • Travel to and present at workshops in the Area, upon request.
  • Transport and set up of equipment / displays at Area 78 Area Committee Meetings.
  • Create a schedule for the online meeting chair person.
  • Manage the payment and security of the committee’s zoom account.
  • Produce a synopsis of the background information on the Conference Agenda Items assigned by the Delegate for the Pre-Conference Assemblies.

Send an email to the Remote Communities Chair by using the form on the website Contact Us page.